Warriors' Steve Kerr excited to coach Team USA alongside Gregg Popovich

Warriors' Steve Kerr excited to coach Team USA alongside Gregg Popovich

Fans of Team USA basketball had become used to seeing the familiar face of Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski roaming the sidelines in the Olympics and other international competition.

After Coach K's retirement from coaching the national team, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was chosen to take over Team USA. One of his first choices for his staff was Warriors coach Steve Kerr, and Kerr spoke Tuesday about the privilege of being on Popovich's staff as the team prepares for the FIBA World Cup beginning later this month.

"This is my first time with the national team, coaching with Pop who I've known forever, and who I've played for a long time ago," Kerr said.

Kerr played with the Spurs from 1998-2001 and 2002-03 as he wrapped up a 16-year NBA career.

"I think the challenge ahead is really intriguing, to play in the world championships in China, to prepare for that over the next month, to take a group of players who we compete against all year and who compete against each other, put them all on one team and try to form a team in a quick, six-week period is a fun challenge."

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Kerr is the lone representative for the Warriors in Vegas, as Klay Thompson continues to rehab from his ACL tear and Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and D'Angelo Russell all withdrew from consideration prior to the start of the camp.

"Obviously, we wanna win so we got a lot of work ahead."

Team USA will open pool play at the World Cup on Sept. 1 against the Czech Republic.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr wishes 49ers well in Super Bowl 54 vs. Chiefs

Warriors coach Steve Kerr wishes 49ers well in Super Bowl 54 vs. Chiefs

Draymond Green might not be rooting for the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, but one other prominent member of the Warriors’ organization will be.

Coach Steve Kerr delivered a message via social media on Friday, wishing the Niners well as they prepare to take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on Feb. 2.

"I just wanna say good luck to the 49ers," Kerr said. "Everybody's pulling for you guys, let's go."

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Draymond said after shootaround on Friday that he’ll be rooting for the Chiefs, whose roster features his close friend, defensive end Frank Clark.

Both Kerr and Green happen to know a thing or two about winning championships, but only one of them will be happy with the result from Miami.

How Warriors gain flexibility in Willie Cauley-Stein trade to Mavs

How Warriors gain flexibility in Willie Cauley-Stein trade to Mavs

SAN FRANCISCO -- Willie Cauley-Stein walked out of shootaround, down a long corridor that leads to the Warriors' locker room in Chase Center late Friday morning in preparation for a game scheduled hours later against the Indiana Pacers. The trek marked the big man's last as a member of Golden State.

By Saturday morning, Cauley-Stein officially was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the Utah Jazz's second-round draft pick in 2020, ending his short tenure in the Bay Area. Along the way, the Warriors set themselves up for future flexibility. 

In the immediate aftermath, the Warriors shed Cauley-Stein's current $2.17 million salary and his $2.8 million player option for the 2020-21 season, while freeing up an open roster spot for this season and beyond. From a financial perspective, it sank Golden State $2.57 million below the hard cap, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. Additionally, the Warriors have enough salary space to convert the two-way deals of either Ky Bowman or Marquese Chriss. 

Six months ago, Cauley-Stein came to Warriors in search of career revitalization. After four years in Sacramento, he demanded that the Kings rescind his qualifying offer to make him a free agent last summer. After garnering more lucrative offers from other teams, he chose to sign a one-year contract with Golden State, which included the player option. With a new contract, the center hoped to keep the Warriors' postseason streak alive while earning a payday next summer. 

However, those wishes didn't come to fruition. A week before training camp, Cauley-Stein sprained his foot, causing the center to miss the first month of the season. His injury, coupled with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney missing significant time, led to a lost season for the big man.

Nonetheless, Cauley-Stein expressed a desire to stay with the Warriors long term, citing his relationship with coach Steve Kerr. 

"He wants to build a relationship with you," Cauley-Stein told NBC Sports Bay Area last month. "I think, in the past I hadn't had a relationship with my coach. [Former Kings coach Dave] Joerger, me and him had a pretty good rapport, pretty good, like cordial, but we never had like in-depth conversations about life and stuff like that, and the first couple of conversations I had with coach Kerr was real-life stuff and that hit home with me like, 'Damn, he really tried to get to know me.' "

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Unfortunately for Cauley-Stein, he won't get to continue that relationship with Kerr.

Now, with Dallas in need of a center with the loss of Dwight Powell, his hope to find a similar relationship with Rick Carlisle will immediately start in a Mavericks uniform.